Essential Safety Measures (ESM)
When the construction of a building is complete, the owner of the building is responsible by law for its maintenance, in particular the building’s fire safety features or Essential Safety Measures (ESM).
The upkeep of ESM will ensure that the safety systems which deal mainly with fire situations within the building remain at the required operational level throughout the life of the building. The type of maintenance depends on the complexity of the service and the piece of equipment or feature.
In buildings constructed after 1994, these items are listed within your Maintenance Determination Schedule, which can generally be found within your occupancy permit, or permits. Building constructed prior to this, items requiring testing can be determined by assessment of your building safety measures.
Compliance is achieved by consideration and assessment of the testing documentation and installation in accordance with the relevant ESM maintenance Australian Standard.
Procedures are reviewed and scrutinised for all testing undertaken through the previous 12 months (this is certified annually).